Goodwill Industries, Knoxville (VISTA)

Current AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Samantha Pohlot

Currently recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year. 

About:

Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. was founded in 1971 to fill the need for a community program for the young disabled population. The organization was meager in it’s beginning, but has since expanded to serve over 4,000 individuals in 2014, employing over 450 staff members. Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. has grown into thirty retail locations and five employment training and rehabilitation centers throughout its 15 county service area in East Tennessee and serves more than 2.4 million people each year.

Goodwill Industries-Knoxville’s mission is to provide vocational services and employment opportunities for individuals with barriers to employment. They are able to achieve their mission with the support of the community, through educational and vocational opportunities given, and events that promote learning and professional growth to achieve career success. Their programs include GoodGuides Youth Mentoring, several various specialized vocational training, drivers training, job readiness training, and individualized work adjustment services.

Goodwill VISTA Assignment Description

Partner Website: http://www.gwiktn.org/

CAC Housing & Energy Services (VISTA)

Current AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Hannah Hinson

Currently recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year. 

About:

Weatherization is the nation’s largest residential energy efficiency program and aims to reduce the energy costs of low-income families through energy-efficient weatherization measures. Weatherization specifically focuses on assisting low-income people – primarily the elderly, persons with disabilities, and families with children. Weatherization addresses this need for assistance by sending professionally trained crews into homes to determine which energy efficiency measures are appropriate, emphasizing the most cost-effective measures and those which are essential for the health and safety of the occupants.

Recently, the CAC Weatherization office received grant funding from the Knoxville Extreme Energy Makeover (KEEM) to perform energy efficient retrofits on 20,000 homes in the Knoxville community. Through this grant, the office hopes to reduce energy costs for families in low to mid-income homes thus increasing financial independence, provide education in energy-efficient practices, and address health and safety concerns.

CAC Housing and Energy VISTA Assignment Description

Partner Website: http://www.cachousing.org/weatherization.html

City of Knoxville, Office of Neighborhoods (VISTA)

Current AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Hannah Freeman

This position is filled for the 2018-2019 service year. 

About:

The Office of Neighborhoods — operating within the Community Development Department — works with established neighborhood groups and with new or emerging organizations to help strengthen and improve Knoxville’s neighborhoods.

The mission is to improve communication and foster accountability between and among neighborhoods and city departments; ensure timely and well-coordinated inter-departmental responses to neighborhood needs; and collaborate with neighborhoods to identify, understand and address issues of shared concern. They help neighborhoods engage in citizen-led improvement initiatives based on assets and needs identified by the residents in each neighborhood. The office also provides neighborhood groups with leadership training and other organizing tools to be more effective builders of livable communities.

City of Knoxville Office of Neighborhoods VISTA Assignment Description

Partner Website: http://www.knoxvilletn.gov/government/city_departments_offices/neighborhoods/

CAC AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Current AmeriCorps VISTA Member(s): Christine Doka

This position is filled for the 2018-2019 service year. 

Applicants for VISTA Leader positions must have previously completed at least one other term of AmeriCorps, preferably with AmeriCorps VISTA.

About:

The VISTA Leader’s role will be to lead the CAC AmeriCorps office’s initiative to facilitate the service of an 11-person AmeriCorps VISTA program engaged in eliminating barriers to employment and enhancing access to quality food systems in Knox County, TN.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Partner Website: www.cacamericorps.org

Knoxville TPO

Current AmeriCorps Member: CURRENTLY RECRUITING 

About:

One of the best things about bicycling is it’s something you can do today that will make a difference. Bicycling to work or the store means taking personal responsibility for improving your health and saving money, but also helps our community and our country. More people on bicycles mean safer streets, healthier people, cleaner air and more livable communities.

Housed within the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), the Bicycle Program guides implementation of the 2009 Regional Bicycle Plan. The Bicycle Plan strives to integrate bicycling into the transportation system and works with citizens and governments within Knox, Blount, Anderson, Roane, Sevier and Loudon counties, holds events to promote cycling to the public, as well as offers resources that help everyone cycle more safely. TPO also has a variety of programs that include:

Bicycling Ambassadors
– Community members helping to promote safe bicycling

Tour de Lights
– Popular annual holiday bike parade

Bike Month
– Rediscover bicycling through rides, events and classes

Bike Classes
– From small groups to individual instruction

Traffic Counts
– Bicycling and walking counts at key intersections

Bicycle Parking
– Serve your customers and employees with low cost bike racks

Bike Lockers
– Rent bike lockers at Knoxville’s transit centers

Position Description

Partner Website: KnoxTrans.Org

Nourish Knoxville (VISTA)

Current AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Sally Buice

Currently recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year. 

About:

The VISTA member will Increase capacity of food initiatives
through Nourish Knoxville, including farmers’ markets, SNAP doubling programs, and
educational programming, that will improve availability and access to fresh produce by
low income individuals, increase the capacity of local farms, and increase education
around local foods in East Tennessee.

 

Nourish Knoxville VAD

Partner Website: https://nourishknoxville.org/

 

CAC Mobile Meals Kitchen (VISTA)

Current AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Sara Keel

This position is filled for the 2018-2019 service year. 

About:

CAC Mobile Meals Kitchen, in partnership with CAC Office on
Aging, provides home-delivered meals to help the very old and frail continue to live
independently in their own homes. The VISTA member will provide support, information
and process improvement to all nutrition related activities for low-income seniors through
the Office on Aging/Senior Nutrition programs and the Mobile Meals Kitchen. The VISTA
member will also work in collaboration with CAC Beardsley Farm, an urban
demonstration site for food security and sustainable urban agriculture practice, education
and outreach, to optimize their crop production consumed by seniors served by CAC
Mobile Meals Kitchen.

 

Mobile Meals VAD

Partner Website: http://www.knoxseniors.org/mobile/

Bridge Refugee Services, Inc. (VISTA)

Current AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Nicole Fernandez

Currently recruiting one VISTA member for the 2018-2019 service year. 

About:

Bridge Refugee Services, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
operating in Knoxville and Chattanooga that is committed to providing protection and
assistance in refugees’ inspiring journey. The VISTA will build a base of committed
volunteers and mobilize financial resources to support refugees-women and children
through case management, employment programming and tutoring.

In addition to the current VISTA position, Bridge Refugee Services, Inc. will host an additional VISTA member who will focus on community outreach efforts to support refugees in finding affordable housing as well as find sustainable funding to support refugees in becoming self-sufficient as soon as possible after their arrival in the United States. Official VISTA Assignment Description (2) for this position will be available soon.

VISTA Assignment Description (1)

Partner Website: https://www.bridgerefugees.org/

East Tennessee Permaculture Research Institute (VISTA)

Current AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Mark Carper

This position is filled for the 2018-2019 service year. 

About:

The VISTA member will recruit teachers of healthy & sustainable
living skills plus volunteer support staff for programs targeted towards economically
disadvantaged neighborhoods near our Center while strengthening relationships with
area food pantries such as FISH Pantry, Beacon of Hope and other organizations to
increase community access to food. In addition, the VISTA member will also seek out
potential additional funding to support these programs.

VISTA Assignment Description

Partner Website: http://etpri.org/

CAC American Job Center (VISTA)

Current AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Deidra Rogers

Currently recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year. 

About:

The VISTA member will increase our organization’s ability to serve
more low income job seekers and serve new groups of economically disadvantaged
people through working with the local community to establish access sites and creation
of the American Job Center (AJC) Volunteer Corps in collaboration with CAC Workforce
Connections (WFC).The AJC Volunteer Corps will expand the services of the American
Job Center and provide increased access to job search and employability skills,
increasing job placements among diverse populations in the community. The AJC
Volunteer Corps will build the capacity of the American Job Center by establishing
access points with partner agencies in the workforce area and recruiting and training
volunteers to staff.

VISTA Assignment Description

Partner Website: http://tnccknox.org/

Sevier Solid Waste

About

Position Title: Compost/Recycling Coordinator

Current AmeriCorps Member: Lizzie Gaver

Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

The mission of Sevier County Solid Waste is to reduce the amount of waste going into a Class I landfill through compost and recycling. The primary goal of the Compost/Recycling Coordinator is to raise awareness of the composting plant and Sevier Solid Waste’s recycling facility, the benefits of using compost, and increase recycling within the community.

Service Description

Partner Wesbite

Knox County Stormwater

Current AmeriCorps Members: Emily Lachman, Rachel Bruck, Claire Jordy, Yohana Dierolf

About:

Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

Knox County Stormwater member assist the county’s efforts to carry out a variety of duties to help the department meet requirements within the the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) framework established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The primary duty of the Knox County Stormwater AmeriCorps Members will be to provide outstanding service in carrying out its mission to comply with water quality regulations , while exercising professionalism, enthusiasm, and creativity.  Being a part of the Knox County AmeriCorps Team provides an excellent opportunity to build your resume and skill set.  The AmeriCorps member will gain experience working with GPS & GIS technology, in project development, and public education and outreach.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

PARTNER WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.KNOXCOUNTY.ORG/STORMWATER/

University Assisted Community Schools

Current AmeriCorps Member: David Evans

About:

Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018


This member will serve at Pond Gap & Inskip Elementary Schools. The UACS program offers academic engagement programs , social support, mental and physical health supports for students, their family members or any members of the broader Pond Gap community. Central to the UASC mission is the community garden on site. This initiate is dedicated to address hunger and food accessibility in the Pond Gap neighborhood. Through previous AmeriCorps VISTA efforts, the school garden at Pond Gap Elementary increased accessibility to health food and nutrition education though opportunities such as in-and after school garden programming, family work-shares, and garden-to-cafeteria production. The garden now serves 350 students; its success had directly led to the developing garden at Inskip Elementary.

We will be hiring 1 members to support the the University of Tennessee’s University Assisted Community Schools (UACS) operations for the 2017-2018 service year.The AmeriCorps member will orient management of the school gardens through volunteer recruitment, develop garden-based curricular activies and create strageties to improve the garden’s function as an access point to healthy foods.

Feature Image Photo by Jessie Tipton with Pellissippi State Community College.

Position Description

Partner Website: uacs.utk.edu/

City of Knoxville, Sustainability

Current AmeriCorps Member: Joe Arcus

About:

Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

Sustainability is the ability to meet our current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This requires cooperation between sectors and long term thinking. Since 2007, the City of Knoxville’s Energy & Sustainability Initiative has helped make Knoxville a greener, more sustainable city – one where the economy, environment, and community can thrive today and in the future. This initiative directly led to the creation and staffing of the City’s Office of Sustainability which now includes our CAC AmeriCorps member.

The office’s mission, backed by the initiative, is to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with City operations and the Knoxville community each by 20% by 2020, increase the amount of waste that is recycled or mulched instead of sent to a landfill,  improve urban food systems, create better infrastructure for greener forms of transportation, and inform and address community needs and questions of sustainable practices that ensures a higher quality of life.

Position Description

Partner Website: http://www.knoxvilletn.gov/government/city_departments_offices/sustainability/

UT Sustainability

Current AmeriCorps Member: Carolyn Brown, Greg Campbell-Cohen, Alexis Econie

About:

Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

The Office of Sustainability works to coordinate, manage, advise and report on sustainable initiatives at UT, through research, data collection and collaborations with a variety of on-campus and community stakeholders. Over the years, UT has made great progress at reducing the environmental impact of campus operations. In fact, the University has been widely recognized as a leader in resource conservation and environmental stewardship. The Office of Sustainability supports environmental sustainability initiatives that reduce air, water, and land pollution from campus operations, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the use of nonrenewable resources, promote recycling and conservation practices among the UT community, protect and enhance the beauty of campus grounds and facilities, and demonstrate the university’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

There are two AmeriCorps positions available at this office. The Data Analysis Coordinator works on the collection and analysis of data that will help the campus better understand its impact on the environment, what programs are working well, and what areas need more focus. The Sustainability Outreach Coordinator engages and educates the UT community on sustainability news and initiatives through various media as well as fosters the development of sustainable leaders and initiatives on campus.

AmeriCorps Position Description – Data Analysis Coordinator

AmeriCorps Position Description- Sustainability Outreach Coordinator

Partner Website: http://environment.utk.edu/

City of Oak Ridge, Stormwater

Current AmeriCorps Members: Danielle Gerlach & Jessica Wykoff

About:

Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

The mission of the City of Oak Ridge Stormwater team is to enhance the quality of local waterways, address water quantity issues in the city, and enrich natural habitat in local urban areas.  Stormwater addresses issues such as water quality, runoff control, and the creation of runoff solutions- such as rain gardens, rain barrels planting of trees, and permeable surfaces. Stormwater staff hopes to facilitate discussion on best stormwater management practices through public education, outreach and research. Broadening public support and involvement is key in keeping local water sources healthy and sustainable.

AmeriCorps Position Description

Partner Website: http://stormwater.oakridgetn.gov/

Ijams Nature Center

Current AmeriCorps Member: Jodie Clouser & Lian McGuire

About:

Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

Ijams Nature Center evolved from humble beginnings during the early twentieth century as a gathering point for birders. Over the years, Ijams Nature Center, as a non-profit organization and public nature preserve, has grown in size and stature to become the region’s leading wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center incorporating Mead’s and Ross Marble quarries. Ijams works to encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences. With over 300 -acres of greenspace, 12  miles of hiking, biking, climbing, and paddle boarding on-site, Ijams has been voted one of the top three attractions in Knoxville and boasts unparalleled sites of urban wilderness.

Ijams offers numerous engaging and fun educational programs for adults, families and schools that encourage outdoor exploration. They also host multiple events including Symphony in the Park, Meadowlark Music Festival and River Rescue, which helps remove thousands of lbs of trash and debris from our waterways each year.

There are three positions available at this site. The Naturalist coordinates and conducts a range of educational programs as well as helps with event planning and management. The Park Ranger helps with trail maintenance and other park construction, and finally the River Ranger maintains water quality and health of the river beds within the park and supports education efforts.

Partner Website: http://ijams.org/

Position Descriptions

Conservation Steward

Naturalist

Keep Sevier Beautiful

Current AmeriCorps Member: Kay Shanda

About:

Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

Keep Sevier Beautiful is a multi-award winning non-profit that brings people together to protect the beauty of our County in turn stimulating economic growth, building vibrant communities and protecting the gateway to the Smoky Mountains.

We have a simple concept. Teach people how to care for their environment and they will. Reach kids at a young age and instill good habits that will continue throughout their lifetime. We believe in changing behaviors to change our environment. As an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful & Keep TN Beautiful, we focus on three areas: litter prevention, waste reduction/recycling and greening through education and engaging our community.

It is our goal to enhance and protect the beauty of Sevier County and improve the quality of life of our residents through community based projects. Through our volunteers, we engage the community in projects like County wide litter pick ups, recycling collection events, tree plantings, community gardens, household hazardous waste collection, anti-litter and recycling education, playground enhancement and beautification projects.

AmeriCorps Position Description

Partner Website: http://www.keepsevierbeautiful.org

CAC Beardsley Farm

Current AmeriCorps Members: Alex Bonner & Jake Resor

About:

Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

CAC Beardsley Community Farm is an urban demonstration site that has promoted food security and sustainable urban agriculture through practice, education, and community outreach since 1998. The half-acre main site sits on the former grounds of Beardsley Junior High School. In 1996, the City of Knoxville provided funds to convert the abandoned school grounds into a garden and build a greenhouse. The same year, the Community Action Committee (CAC) received a grant to complete the conversion. They have come a long way since their first planting, which was done in a few dozen baby pools filled with soil. Every year, they have built or amended raised beds, added functional structural elements, and become more involved in the surrounding community. Presently, Beardsley Farm has raspberry and blackberry brambles; muscadine grapes and blueberries; a young orchard of fruit and nut trees; and a community garden, all situated on six and a half acres of a public park—in addition to the half-acre demonstration site. The Farm is maintained by a farm manager, a small team of AmeriCorps members, and numerous volunteers from the Knoxville community.

CAC Beardsley Community Farm has several goals within the community. They exist to educate people of all ages about the possibilities and methods of organic and sustainable urban gardening.  The farm team offers structured workshops on such specialized skills as vermicomposting, beekeeping, mushroom logs, urban hen-keeping, and more.   Beardsley also gains great satisfaction knowing that the bounty of the farm serves to nourish our community. To give back, all of the vegetables raised at CAC Beardsley Farm are donated to Family Crisis Center, Bridge Refugee Services, Knoxville Area Rescue Mission (KARM), and Western Heights Baptist Center.

Position Description

Partner Website: http://beardsleyfarm.org/

UT Recycling

Current AmeriCorps Member: Gage Bradford, Austin Reynolds, Gary Moore, Michelle Van Guilder

Current AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Michaela Barnett

About:

Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018.

Established as a part of the University of Tennessee’s Facilities Services Department in 2003, UT Recycling is designed for effective waste diversion operations and maximum campus participation. Diligent efforts are made to provide well-organized collection services, sustainable choices for materials management, and educational programs that are responsive to the needs of the students, faculty, staff members, and the surrounding areas. UT Recycling works with departments, organizations, and individuals to educate the community on the importance of waste reduction, and to encourage participation in environmental stewardship and UT Zero Waste initiatives.

UT Recycling’s goal is to convert the University of Tennessee into a Zero Waste institution, by diverting 90% (or more) of all waste generated from the landfill through reduction, reuse, recycling and composting practices.  The Recycling team provides recycling collection services at all campus buildings, provides compost collection services at most campus dining facilities, promotes simple living and the Zero Waste lifestyle, engages UT community through volunteer opportunities & educational programs, contribute to the development of sustainable practices and planning.  One of the most important  and impressive tasks of the Recycling office is Game Day Recycling- with the  goal to divert the majority of waste from UT Vols football games and tailgating areas.

Position Descriptions:

UT Recycling VISTA Assignment Description

Information & Operations Coordinator

Position Description- Zero Waste Services Coordinator

AmeriCorps Position Description- Outreach Coordinator

Partner Website: http://recycle.utk.edu/

Keep Blount Beautiful

Current AmeriCorps Member: Brittney Whipple

About:

Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018.

In 1992, concerned residents and government entities partnered to secure funding for an environmental non-profit that would serve Blount County. Since then, Keep Blount Beautiful has been educating the public and organizing clean ups thanks to the financial support of the Maryville/Alcoa/Blount County Landfill and TDOT Litter Grant through the Sheriff’s Office.

This multi-award winning nonprofit and Keep America Beautiful affiliate offers tours of local landfill and a variety hands-on educational programs to schools in Blount county. They also promote litter eradication through various cleanups throughout the year.

AmeriCorps Position Description

Partner Website: http://www.keepblountbeautiful.org

Keep Knoxville Beautiful

Current AmeriCorps Member: Kelli Coleman

About:

Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018
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Founded in 1978, KKB is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Their mission is to promote litter eradication, recycling, and beautification efforts in Knox County communities using education, events and volunteer engagement to achieve our vision of a clean, green, beautiful community.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful, a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, was formed by Knox County, the City of Knoxville, and the Chamber of Commerce as the Greater Knoxville Beautification Board. Originally formed to help “clean up” prior to the 1982 World’s Fair, KKB plunged into community efforts to clean and beautify the community through its many programs. Through programs and events like the  Great American Cleanup, Orchids Beatification Awards, Talking Tree programs, Trash Runs, and their Recycling Trailer, KKB has paved the way for  the community to work together to accomplish greater environmental stewardship in the Knoxville area.  Keep Knoxville Beautiful has continued to grow through the years and has enjoyed much success and acclamation winning 23 National Awards, 9 State Awards and one local award. KKB launched its successful anti-litter slogan “Don’t Throw Down on K-Town” in 2004 which you can still spot all over the Knoxville community.

Position Description

Partner Website: http://keepknoxvillebeautiful.org/

Town of Farragut, Stormwater Matters

Current AmeriCorps Member: Abbie Casey

About:

Recruiting for the 2018-2019 service year starting on August 6th, 2018

The Town of Farragut Stormwater Matters water quality program seeks to provide an exceptional level of environmental stewardship to the community through the protection and maintenance of local water resources in accordance with the Town of Farragut Stormwater Ordinance. The Town of Farragut’s Stormwater Matters program conducts education and outreach efforts that emphasize public involvement and take a watershed approach to protecting water quality by reaching across political and geographic jurisdictions working with the City of Knoxville, Knox County and other public and private entities invested in maintaining and protecting water quality in East Tennessee.  This is done through extensive participation in the Water Quality Forum and the Tennessee Stormwater Association.

In addition, Stormwater Matters offers opportunities to volunteer and learn about best stormwater management practices.  The Town of Farragut’s Outdoor Classroom and Water Quality Demonstration Site is an applied learning space where groups can “adopt” a plot and implement a project.  To learn more, visit the Outdoor Classroom page. The team also participates and helps coordinate annual events such as River Rescue, WaterFest and the continual Adopt-A-Stream program.

Position Description

Partner Website: http://www.townoffarragut.org/stormwatermatters